Minority Employment Job and Career Resources
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or religion. Despite this protection, minorities can still encounter unique challenges while job hunting.
Before starting the search, you should know your rights in the workforce. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains what constitutes discrimination and harassment, as defined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Many organizations offer online resources to help minorities connect with employers, sharpen skills and find mentors. One place to begin a search is with minority-owned businesses. Diversity Information Resources and the Minority Business Development Agency list minority-and women-owned businesses around the country. Career fairs are also a great place to hunt for a job.
The National Urban League’s Career Center allows job hunters to post resumes and search through an employment database. HireDiversity.com offers information on career expos and the top American companies. Visitors can read profiles of entrepreneurs and find out how to gauge a company’s diversity level.
Resources targeted for specific groups abound:
- Mind Exchange
Links to sites for specific minority groups such as Asians, African Americans and people with alternative lifestyles.
Find jobs in Spanish
Some sites are devoted to helping minority college students find the right career. The Black Collegian Online has job banks, graduate school information and employer profiles. Inroads locates internships and prepares students for leadership.
Check to see if your chosen profession has an association with student members. This can open the door to valuable future contacts. Many of these organizations, such as the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, offer scholarships and list alumni connections.
— Jennifer Hale